In A Vulgar Art, Ian Brodie uses a folkloristic approach to stand-up comedy, engaging the discipline's central method of studying interpersonal, artistic communication and performance. Because stand-up comedy is a rather broad category, people who study it often begin by relating it to something they recognize - "literature" or "theatre"; "editorial" or "morality" - and analyze it accordingly. A Vulgar Art begins with a more fundamental observation: Someone is standing in front of a group of people, talking to them directly, and trying to make them laugh.
"Narration is bad"
Stories told in the dark are those nagging stories that won't go away until you bring them to the light. Waiting for Fido, the first in the series, is dark humor with a suburban beat. It is the story of a lovely couple who are ready to retire and sail away. Almost. There is still the nagging problem of what to do with the family pets....
For most enthusiasts of film history, Edward G. Robinson's name is virtually synonymous with the Depression-era gangster films of the 1930s.